Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think Phillips will transfer. He's devoted to this school and this community. He's not going to get major minutes at another high-major team, at least not to the point where it would be worth leaving the connections he's made on campus. As for the rest, yes, I sense they're all bought in. They all speak glowingly of Martin and his demeanor, his toughness, his discipline. The players generally liked Kim, but they've invested in the new regime.
He's not going to make any decisions based on a quote he made back in October. The decision will be about his back and his future. If he's cleared to play and his camp doesn't believe it will hurt his draft stock, then I'd expect him to play. Forget the legacy talk. That's irrelevant to the reality of the situation.
Yes, there has been some discussion at the NCAA level about getting rid of the sit-out rule. I agree that players shouldn't be bound to rules that don't apply to coaches, but do we want a game where kids are transferring every year and rosters are completely in flux? Is what's better for the athletes necessarily better for the game?
Tilmon is far more polished than I expected for a freshman. Yes, he's lost the ball in the paint sometimes, but it's always when he's in traffic and sometimes moving too fast for his own good. When he has some breathing room inside, he almost always finishes the play. I didn't expect him to be this developed offensively.
Thompson will be 23 years old when the season kicks off. The rule is your five-year NCAA eligibility clock begins ticking when you play for an NCAA-approved team. He didn't do that his first year out of high school, so his clock didn't start ticking until he started junior college several years later. He has three years of eligibility at MU.
Losing was a big factor. The game wasn't fun the last three years. No crowds. No students. No success. There was a lot of staff turnover, too. I'm not sure how much Anderson worked to keep the kids on the roster either. Sometimes you have to re-recruit your own players to convince them to stay invested. The prevailing thought around the program each time a player transferred was to call the move "addition by subtraction," but when that's the response every time a player leaves, the bigger question surfaces: If the program is better without all of these guys, why were they here in the first place? It just wasn't a good environment for a lot of kids.
Not many 2019 kids have committed anywhere. Martin has always been able to recruit. No reason to think he won't add some impact players.
I'm more concerned about the miserable wi-fi at Scottrade. My fellow scribes around the SEC won't be happy unless they upgrade the networks there.
I haven't watched SMU yet this year. Whitt was never a real prolific 3-point shooter, but he's always had the ability to be a dynamic slasher. His shooting numbers are good inside the arc, but it's hard to be a really productive guard in today's game if you can't shoot from outside.
Hard to call Purdue a sleeper when they're ranked No. 3, but they're very good. I still like Arizona State even though they've fallen off some. Creighton has some firepower. Cincinnati and Clemson won't go quietly because they play great defense.
He's just not a terribly athletic player. And I'm not sure if you ever fully recover from major hip surgery when you're an athlete playing at this level. He needs to elevate more to finish some of those good looks he's gotten inside. He's a serviceable backup but I don't expect him to get heavy minutes unless Porter and Tilmon get in serious foul trouble early in a game.
I thought it was well done in both parts: the explanation of what happened on Mizzou's campus in 2015 and the separate exploration into Martin's background. I wasn't as sold on the connections made between the two concepts. The 2015 protests weren't on Martin's radar when he took the job last year. He had questions, but I've never gotten the sense he took the job so he could be literally be part of the campus solution. Now, once here and made more aware of what's unfolded, I think he feels more of a connection to the topic. I was really impressed with what he said the other day about life after basketball. It wouldn't surprise me if Martin delves into politics or some kind of community leadership role once he hangs up the whistle.
It shouldn't hurt the score too much as long as they leave in good standing and enroll in Division I schools, which they have.
Touched on this a few times earlier. He's clearly no more than the seventh or eighth man right now, and I would be surprised if he plays a bigger role down the stretch. Mizzou has other players who are better at the things he does well.
I think they have the body and the upside to explore their stock, Porter especially because he's more polished offensively and more well rounded as a shooter, passer, shot-blocker. That doesn't mean I think he'll enter the draft, but underclassmen have a small window of time to measure themselves against others in the draft.
Yes. Students needed a map to the arena when the season started. They set the tone for the atmosphere in the building, and when the students aren't there, it's hard to create that atmosphere.
Perhaps, but I think the concerns are OK considering Odom is so hands-off with the offense. He's essentially handing half the team to Dooley, a guy who's never developed his own offense.
Disagree. Geist is much better bringing the ball up the court and a better on-ball defender.